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November 2017 Preservation News & Events
Call Your Representatives Now to Keep Historic Tax Credits!

All it takes is two calls.

The House Ways and Means Committee is deliberating the tax reform bill as we speak. We are asking you to make two telephone calls - one each to Congressman Jim Renacci (330) 334-0040 and Congressman Pat Tiberi (614) 523-2555. Congressmen Renacci and Tiberi are our Ohio representatives on the House Ways and Means Committee and reaching them will have a direct impact on the future of the Historic Tax Credits.

This is a time-sensitive matter, and the Congressmen prefer this method of communication given the nature of your advocacy.  It is THIS WEEK that the House Ways and Means Committee is meeting to finalize the House version of the tax reform bill.  Let's light up the lines of their LOCAL offices.

You do not need to be an expert in the tax credit. You need only to simply tell the congressmen what the tax credits mean to you and your neighborhood.

Later please feel free to email with your 1-2 sentence request.

Statement Regarding USA's Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO
Statement from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Anthropological Association (AAA), American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Society for Classical Studies (SCS), U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS), and U.S. National Committee of ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS) Regarding the United States of America's Intention to Withdraw from UNESCO
On October 12, 2017, the United States announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2018. A founding member of the Organization in 1945, the United States has benefited from UNESCO's guiding precepts and principles in its efforts to preserve humanity's shared heritage.
The United States was the first State to ratify UNESCO's 1972 World Heritage Convention. The 23 U.S. World Heritage sites reflect the universal values of our natural and cultural heritage. These sites include Philadelphia's Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, the Statue of Liberty, which stands at the entrance to New York Harbor as an international symbol of freedom, and sites that reflect our country's multicultural past from the dwellings and ceremonial buildings of the Pueblo Indians, to the defensive architecture of San Juan, to Jefferson's plantation at Monticello. The United States' unique contribution was recognition that natural wonders from Glacier Bay to the volcanoes of Mauna Loa and Kilauea and from the redwood forests to the Smoky Mountains serve as a bridge among generations and peoples in America and around the world.
In the aftermath of the United States' decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a series of organizations crafted a statement in response as a call to action. CRS joins with these organizations in spirit, for our local heritage forms a part of the greater cultural heritage of humanity. Our local efforts in Northeast Ohio are a piece of the puzzle in this work. It is only because of local grassroots organizations around the world that we have a collective heritage preserved and available for all to take part in. What is so familiar to us in Northeast Ohio may be the exotic to a traveler from halfway around the globe, just as we are awestruck when viewing the architecture from South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.  
Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard
On Sunday, October 29, we held "Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Telling Our Story" event. Over forty residents attended and shared stories of struggles, triumphs, and nostalgia for two hours at the Lee Road Baptist Church. Recorded by the Cleveland Public Library, short video clips of the event will be available on our website at a later date. For now, listen to the struggle some of our community members had when first purchasing a home.
Do you have any photographs or memorabilia to share about growing up in Lee-Harvard? Come to our next event, "Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Illustrating Our Story." Photographs and memorabilia will be scanned as we collect the visual story on Lee-Harvard. You will be able to take digital copies of your photographs home with you on a USB drive for posterity along with your originals. This event will be held at the Harvard Community Services Center, 18240 Harvard Ave., on December 2nd, from 2-4 p.m. These events are sponsored by the Cleveland Restoration Society, in collaboration with the Harvard Community Services Center, Councilman Pruitt, the Cleveland Memory Project of CSU and the Cleveland Public Library, through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Ohio Humanities.

CRS Trustee is Awarded Preservation Hero
The Preservation Hero Award was awarded to CRS Trustee Steve Coon at the Heritage Ohio Conference in October. Coon's work on the McKinley monument in 1976 led him to establish Coon Restoration and Sealants. He has since restored historic structures in Canton, Akron, Cleveland, Hamilton, St. Clairsville, Newark, Warren, Port Clinton and Middletown. Heritage Ohio considers Coon a leader in preservation efforts whose work has had a "huge impact." In Canton, Coon turned the former Onesto hotel and neighboring Bliss Tower office building into loft apartments. Coon acknowledges that this work was made possible by the historic state and federal tax credits. Congratulations Steve!  
Heritage Ohio Webinar: Saving Ohio's Historic Windows
Join Heritage Ohio and Indow Window representatives as they explore historic windows on Wednesday, November 8, beginning at 1pm.
On the heels of their conference partnership announcement with Indow Windows to launch a "Save Ohio's Historic Windows" campaign, you'll hear from Sam Pardue of Indow. Heritage Ohio and Sam will discuss the inherent benefits of maintaining and preserving existing historic windows, while touching on weatherization options to make you building openings more energy efficient. You'll also hear about the advocacy side of saving our historic windows, by sharing best practices other preservationists have used to strengthen the preservation argument. The webinar is free and open to all, whether or not you're a current Heritage Ohio member.  
CRS Staff News

Joining us last month as our newest CRS staff are Charles Crouch and Heather Smith. Charles Crouch joined the Heritage Home Program as the Heritage Home Program Assistant. He will be fielding calls and following up on questions about general home repair and maintenance. You may have met Charles previously at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, where he worked for the past four years.  

Heather Smith comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies from the College of Wooster. She is currently serving as our Administrative Assistant and helping ensure our day-to-day operations continue smoothly. Welcome to Charles and Heather!  

See Children's Museum Amazing Transformation
Former Millionaire's Row Stager-Beckwith Mansion has officially completed its transformation into the Children's Museum of Cleveland.
Officially opened on November 6, you can now visit the exhibits inside for $12. Check out the amazing transformation below.  
Children's Museum of Cleveland
Children's Museum of Cleveland

A Neighborhood in Bloom: Kinsman Residents Plant the Seeds for Reinvention
Credit:  Architecture Office

The Kinsman/Central neighborhood on Cleveland's east side has long been regarded as one of the poorest areas in the city-perhaps even the state.
But with the help of nonprofit neighborhood development organization Burten, Bell, Carr Development (BBC), this once-thriving neighborhood is rediscovering its potential. Founded in 1990 to empower citizens and revitalize blighted and underserved areas, BBC has worked tirelessly to set Kinsman/Central on a positive trajectory-employing what executive director Tim Tramble calls a "multi-pronged" approach to community revitalization by enlisting a wide array of community partners to put dynamic projects in motion. 

Almost two decades later, the organization is starting to see the work pay off. In light of its efforts, a community that many have disregarded as a lost cause is pulling itself up by the bootstraps and creating a pocket of Cleveland that is making strides in economic development, housing, and even farming.
CRS Annual Fund and Private Open House 

What a great year it has been! We will tell you more about it next
month, but we couldn't wait to share some highlights of the year so far:  
  • The Heritage Home Program(SM) has facilitated over 2,000 Technical Assists to homeowners in 2017 and signed over 100 loans this year valued at $4.9M!
  • Stabilization efforts at the Scofield Mansion persisted, with over $180,000 in donated services. This local landmark has been saved from demolition and continues to come back to life.

We also wanted to let you know of a new way you can give online this year. When you visit our Donate page, there is a box you can check called "To Make a Recurring Gift." Simply check the box and select your donation amount, the frequency of the gift, and the total amount of gifts you would like to donate. We will then receive your specified donation throughout the year at the given interval you provided, but you still have the option to make a one-time gift as well.  Note that the donation amount you specify will be the amount given in each gift, not the total of the recurring gifts combined. Don't forget that gifts of $300 or more grant membership for a year!


CRS Members are invited to join us at a Private Open House on December 10, from 2-4 p.m., at 2834 Courtland Blvd, Shaker Heights. We worked to save this property from 2014-2016 and are excited to share the results of the project with you in December. If you are not a current CRS member, there is an option to renew or join as a member in the registration for the open house.   


Thank you for all your support, none of this would be possible without each one of you.  


Now - December 31
Exhibit: "Endangered Antiquities"
Main Library, Special Collections John G. White Corridor, 3rd Floor
325 Superior Ave., Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library

November 8
Webinar: Saving Ohio's Historic Windows
1:00 -2:00 p.m., FREE, Register  
Heritage Ohio
November 9
Aging in Place Community Forum
Lakewood Congregational Church
1375 West Clifton Blvd., Lakewood
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., FREE, RSVP 
November 14-17
PastForward National Preservation Conference
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 15
The Making of Modern Atlanta: Feat. Andrea Young
Robert Steinbacher Atrium
1717 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE, Register 
Levin College Forum Program
November 17-19
33rd Medina Candlelight Walk
November 18
WRAH Lecture: The Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-1937
Special Collections Department, Main Branch, Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Ave., Cleveland
1:30-3:00 p.m., RSVP to Sarah Klann (216) 226-2820, by November 13
Western Reserve Architectural Historians
November 18
7th Annual Movers and Shakers Event
Canterbury Golf club, 22000 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood
6:00-10:00 p.m., $$$, RSVP (216) 921-1201
The Shaker Historical Society

Save the Date
December 2
Shining a Spotlight on Lee-Harvard: Illustrating Our Story
Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Ave., Cleveland
4:00 - 6:00 p.m., FREE, Register
Cleveland Restoration Society  
December 10
Private Open House
2834 Courtland Blvd., Shaker Heights
2:00-4:00 p.m., FREE, CRS Members Only, RSVP
Cleveland Restoration Society

Job Christiansen, editor | Cleveland Restoration Society | 216-426-1000 |